IDW Publishing is exploring reaches of Star Trek that have never been reached in the franchise's 50 years with the "Star Trek: Waypoint" comic book series.
Offered as a six-issue, bi-monthly anthology series containing a collection of short stories spanning all things Trek, IDW has been mum on what exactly the series will explore. That is except for two teasers: Uhura will lead a story from the original "Star Trek" era, while Geordi La Forge and Data will be be featured in a story from the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" era.
And it all starts in September, the month that officially marks the 50th anniversary, with issues retailing at $4.
Star Trek comic books have been around nearly as long as the television show itself, starting with a classic 61-issue series produced by Gold Key Comics beginning in 1967.
Since then, the Star Trek license has often moved between publishers, landing at Marvel Comics and DC Comics — twice each) — as well as Malibu Comics, and finally IDW Publishing, the current holder of the license. While gaps do exist, some form of Star Trek comic book has been published during almost all of the franchise's 50-year history.
Most Star Trek comic books focus on the original series or TNG characters, with "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager" receiving considerably smaller coverage. No comic book series has been produced featuring "Star Trek: Enterprise."
IDW acquired the Star Trek license in 2006, initially releasing a string of miniseries set within the original "Star Trek" universe. After the J.J. Abrams movie reboot, IDW started detailing the adventures of the AbramsVerse universe crew in a successful ongoing comic book series which will soon reach its 60th issue.
IDW also appears to enjoy having Star Trek characters interact with other science-fiction properties such as Planet of the Apes, "Doctor Who," and Green Lantern.
IDW editor Sarah Gaydos hints "Waypoint" could continue beyond the planned six issues.
"I really, really want this series to be evergreen, so we can keep telling new short stories in the Trek-verse,” she said.